Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics (General Pediatrics)
I am a Developmental Psychologist and health services researcher with expertise in methodology and statistics and the Co-Director of Research for the Montefiore School Health Program. I provide consultation to faculty on many studies and also am involved in research training of medical and social science graduate students and fellows. I am currently involved in several studies focusing on sexual behavior in urban adolescents, including randomized trials of several risk reduction interventions. I was the PI on an NIMH-funded R34 project that examined the feasibility and acceptability of a family-based risk HIV/STD prevention program and a co-investigator on a project that used community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods to study health disparities for Bronx minority youth, through which we designed and evaluated a community-based mental health intervention for teens. I am a member of the Einstein-Montefiore Center for AIDS Research and the Global Health Center. My other work has examined a variety of risk and resilience factors influencing children’s health and psychological adjustment, including studies of the impact of childhood chronic illness on families and the role of parenting stress, and my current work includes two ongoing studies of transition to adult care among youth with special health care needs. I also am working with other Pediatric faculty on evaluations of programs focusing on early child development and socio-emotional health as well as two intervention studies of children with asthma and one that will be testing the feasibility of a school-based program for adolescents and pre-teens who are overweight or obese.
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Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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